By now, I realize that Mr. Bungle is not reuniting. Late last night, when I couldn’t get sleep, a reader sent me an image they had found online, and I got so excited, I rushed to get something online. But Bungle are not getting back together. I was duped. I didn’t know; I’m not into horror flicks.
Softening the blow of that disappointment is the news that Byzantine have officially reunited, and will release a new album in 2012.
According to a press release, the West Virginia band announced their reunion almost four years after the release of their last album, Oblivion Beckons.
Byzantine’s 2012 lineup boasts singer and guitarist Chris Ojeda, guitarist Tony Rohrbough, bassist Michael Cromer, and drummer Matt Wolfe.
“We’ve all kept in contact through the past few years and have worked on each other’s projects as well,” says Ojeda. “With our guitarist Tony moving back to WV from NC, we decided it would be a perfect opportunity to hang out again and jam. Before we knew it, we were tossing around riffs and song ideas and realized we had what seemed to be the foundation for a pretty kick ass Byzantine album.”
Since Byzantine is no longer tied to any record company, the band has decided to finance the recording of their fourth CD independently. You can help that effort here.
The band will record most of the music themselves alongside engineer/producer and Gizmachi guitarist Jason Hannon of 7 over 8 Studios. Vocal tracking will be handled by Byzantine’s longtime engineer Aaron Fisher at 101 Studios.
There is no concrete time frame for the album’s release.
“We are not focusing on playing live just yet,” says Ojeda. “We all still live pretty far away from each other and have family and career obligations to meet. Our focus right now is to put together a real nice collection of songs that we and our fans can be proud of. Doing it on a smaller budget will be a little harder but it will be fun to take our time and be able to be creative on our own terms.”
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